Samoa Joe Reportedly Making WWE in-Ring Return Against Karrion Kross at NXT Takeover 36

Published 07/22/2021, 9:45 AM EDT


The return of WWE Superstar Samoa Joe to NXT was a huge talking point as the former NXT Superstar was released by WWE weeks before his return. The fans were on cloud nine at the prospect of watching Joe come back to NXT.

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NXT General Manager William Regal appointed Joe as the Enforcer of the show. Now reports are coming thick and fast suggesting that the in-ring return of Samoa Joe is around the corner. This news has excited the NXT and WWE fans as they wish to see Joe back in the squared circle.

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Samoa Joe to make his In-ring return at NXT Takeover 36

Even though Joe made his return to NXT, the GM of NXT, William Regal, constrained him to not indulge in any physical battles with any of the superstars in the NXT locker room unless provoked. Unfortunately, Samoa Joe couldn’t contain himself from not getting involved when he felt that the current NXT Champion Karrion Kroos was heavily disrespecting William Regal.

Joe, who confronted Kroos about the issue, teased a match with him if things don’t change. During a recent episode of NXT, Karrion attacked Joe when he was working as the special guest referee for the match between Johnny Gargano and Kroos. During this week’s episode, a fuming Joe was waiting for the arrival of Kroos, but the NXT Champion attacked William Regal instead. 

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These confrontations between the two superstars point towards a match between them in an upcoming PPV. Now, Dave Meltzer of The Wrestling Observer Newsletter has reported that Samoa Joe is set to make his in-ring return at The NXT Takeover 36. Joe will face Karrion Kroos for the NXT Championship.

Will Joe be the next NXT Champion?

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Karrion Kroos, who is the current NXT Champion, recently made his debut for WWE RAW. The two-time NXT Champion had a disastrous debut as he was defeated by the WWE legend Jeff Hardy in a one-on-one match. Kroos’ debut for RAW was undoubtedly not a one-night thing as multiple reports suggest Kroos will drop his NXT title to Joe and then be permanently shifted to RAW.

The writing is on the wall, and all the signs suggest that Samoa Joe is destined to become the next NXT Champion unless WWE decides to shock the audience by keeping Kroos as the champion. A victory on NXT Takeover 36 will be the third time Joe ends up being the NXT Champion.

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For now, the match between Kroos and Joe is almost inevitable, and the fans are eagerly waiting for the next episode of NXT to roll out so that they can watch an official announcement from the NXT brand.

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Shijas Muhammed

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Shijas Muhammed is a WWE and Tennis Author at EssentiallySports. Making his way into the final stage of his bachelor's degree, Shijas has been a lifelong WWE fan. He was captivated by the Attitude Era of WWE because of its star-studded locker room.

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